Catherine Welch

News Director

Catherine Welch is news director at Rhode Island Public Radio. Before her move to Rhode Island in 2010, Catherine was news director at WHQR in Wilmington, NC. She was also news director at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri where she was a faculty member at the University Of Missouri School Of Journalism. Catherine has won several regional Edward R. Murrow awards and awards from the Public Radio News Directors Inc., New England AP, North Carolina Press Association, Missouri Press Association, and Missouri Broadcasters Association.

Now that she manages a full newsroom she files less regularly for NPR’s All Things ConsideredMorning Edition and Weekend Edition.  In 2009 she was part of an NPR series on America’s Battalion out of Camp Lejeune, NC following Marine families during the battalion’s deployment to southern Afghanistan. And because Wilmington was the national test market for the digital television conversion, she became a quasi-expert on DTV, filing stories for NPR on the topic.

Catherine got her start in radio at her family’s radio station in Florida with her weekly jazz show "Catherine Keeping You Company." Her very first interview with Cab Calloway remains the strangest one she’s ever done, and she will gladly tell you the story should you ask.

Before joining the public radio family, Catherine worked in television at KTVU in Oakland, CA and at the cable technology network formerly known as TechTV.

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RI News
3:09 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Central Falls clerk charged with embezzlement

State police have charged a Central Falls clerk with embezzlement. The clerk in the finance office is charged with taking thousands of dollars in fines collected by the city’s Municipal Court.

The city’s finance director noticed discrepancies, did an audit, and discovered that over a period of time a total of $13,620 in cash and checks were transferred to collections clerk Joyce Tager but never deposited into the city’s bank account.

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RI News
7:47 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Industry beery good to RI

Beer bottle display
Credit copyright NBWA all rights reserved

The National Beer Wholesalers Association has released a report showing the impact beer distributors have on their state’s economy. It finds Rhode Island beer distributors employ 213 people, pump $18 million into federal, state and local tax coffers, and generate $80 million  in total economic impacts. The study was done out of the University of Delaware.


Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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RI News
8:53 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Fox's Supreme love

Gordon Fox
Credit courtesy of Gordon Fox

House Speaker Gordon Fox is stepping down from the rostrum and taking on another role this weekend- Motown music historian. The house leader has a deep love for the R&B and soul music that came out of the Motor City back in the 1960’s.

When Gordon Fox was a kid, his home was filled with the sounds of Motown. He listened to his sister’s records by the Supremes and Temptations. And every Saturday his mom would dance to Motown while cleaning the house. Fox says as a bi-racial kid growing up, the blend of pop and soul spoke to him.

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RI News
4:45 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Atheist group sues Cranston florist over denied flower delivery

An atheist group out of Wisconsin is suing a Cranston florist for refusing to deliver flowers to Jessica Ahlquist. The flowers were to congratulate the Cranston West High School student for winning a lawsuit that removed a prayer banner from the school’s auditorium.

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Arts & Culture
2:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Artscape: How to talk like a New Englander

Trinity Rep & Brown University's director of voice and speech Thom Jones
Credit Catherine Welch

New England accents are rich and varied, after all someone from Maine will say “park your car” very differently than someone from Boston or Rhode Island. In this month’s Artscape, we explore the way we talk. To do that, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with Brown University and Trinity Rep.’s master of dialects Thom Jones to dig into the stories behind the accents.

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Politics
8:04 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Sen. Reed encouraged by immigration talks

Sen. Jack Reed
Credit Jack Reed

Senator Jack Reed says it’s encouraging to see a bi-partisan plan to address immigration come out of the US Senate. The eight senators rolled out a plan that allows for more guest workers and creates a path to citizenship for the millions of illegal immigrants already here.

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RI News
1:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Central Falls city councilor sees no reason to meet with receiver

Central Falls City Council President William Benson Jr.
Credit Catherine Welch

Once again the Central Falls receiver will try and meet with the full city council. It’s a chance for the receiver’s office to walk elected officials through a five-year plan guiding the city back to financial solvency.

Three city council members have skipped a handful of earlier meetings. Council president William Benson Jr. is one of them. He says there’s no legal reason why he should meet and go over the plan, so don’t expect him there Monday night.

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Politics
3:13 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Opposition group doesn't see same-sex marriage bill passing in the RI senate

A group opposing same-sex marriage says it’s confident that the Rhode Island Senate will defeat legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry. The bill passed handily Thursday night in the House

Just minutes after the historic vote in the House, speaker Gordon Fox urged Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed to pass the bill in her chamber. There’s no word when the senate judiciary committee will take it up, and Paiva Weed opposes the legislation.

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Politics
8:03 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Same-sex marriage bill passes easily in Rhode Island House

House Speaker Gordon Fox beams from the rostrum shortly after the bill passed.
Credit Catherine Welch

“Just pass it.” That’s what House Speaker Gordon Fox says he wants the senate president to do with the same-sex marriage bill that passed last night and is now heading to the senate. The House vote was not only an historic vote, but an emotional one.

During nearly 90 minutes of debate a handful of representatives spoke out against the measure. Arthur Corvese, a North Providence democrat, was one of them.

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Politics
4:43 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

RI House poised to vote on same sex marriage

Full gallery for statehouse same sex marriage vote.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The Rhode Island House is taking up the same-sex marriage bill at this hour. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch is there and filed this report.

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